Fast and furious was the fighting as the nobles of Salensus Oll sprang, time and again, up the steps before the throne only to fall back before a sword hand that seemed to have gained a new wizardry from its experience with the cunning Solan.
For half an hour at least I must have fought there against the nobles of Okar ere ever a one placed a foot upon the dais where I stood, and then of a sudden all that remained of them formed below me for a last, mad, desperate charge; but even as they advanced the door at the far end of the chamber swung wide and a wild-eyed messenger sprang into the room.
The nobles stepped back from about the dead body of their ruler, and one of them pointed to the grinning corpse.
I have known noble
ones who lost their highest hope.
Good night, noble
captain,' whispered the blind man as he held it open for his passage out; 'Farewell, brave general.
Yes, my noble
friends," he continued, addressing the company, "l assure you that my adventures have been strange enough to deter even the most avaricious men from seeking wealth by traversing the seas.
Upon its bow was emblazoned the signia of a lesser noble of a far city of the empire of Helium.
It is done, Vas Kor," he said, handing a small metal key to the tall noble who had just risen from his sleeping silks and furs.
His merchant-master accepted the first offer that was made for him, and thus a Dusarian noble entered the household of Carthoris.
Another thing, a painful thing he had learned from it, too, that the attitude of Joan de Tany, daughter of an old and noble house, was but the attitude which the Outlaw of Torn must expect from any good woman of her class; what he must expect from Bertrade de Montfort when she learned that Roger de Conde was Norman of Torn.
Birth and station spelled honor to her, and honor, to the daughter of an English noble, was a mightier force even than love.
Who would have thought that you, noble Athelstane that you, descended of Harold's blood, and that I, whose father was not the worst defender of the Saxon crown, should be prisoners to a vile Norman, in the very hall in which our ancestors held such high festival?
Look up at the window, noble Cedric, and judge by the sunbeams if it is not on the verge of noon.
Therefore, to make this point clearer, I say that the nobles ought to be looked at mainly in two ways: that is to say, they either shape their course in such a way as binds them entirely to your fortune, or they do not.
But one who, in opposition to the people, becomes a prince by the favour of the nobles, ought, above everything, to seek to win the people over to himself, and this he may easily do if he takes them under his protection.